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Plus five cases reported in four counties
LINCOLN – Two community-transmitted cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were identified today – One in Lancaster County and one in Saunders County. Both cases were reported yesterday. Another community transmitted case was identified yesterday in Sarpy County. Community transmission is when people have COVID-19 but public health officials are unable to identify how or where they became infected.
Governor Pete Ricketts announced a second COVID-19 related state Directed Health Measure (DHM) that includes Lancaster, Dodge, and Saunders counties, which will be in effect until May 6 unless renewed. Washington County will also now be under a DHM until May 6. For more information, go to - https://governor.nebraska.gov/press/gov-ricketts-adds-lancaster-saunders-and-dodge-directed-health-measure-cass-douglas-sarpy. Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department ordered Directed Health Measures to further limit the opportunity for community spread of COVID-19. For more information, go to https://www.lincoln.ne.gov/ .
Five additional COVID-19 cases were also identified in Nebraska. New cases include:
The state total as of tonight is 68*. One case was removed from the state total due to the person residing in a different state.
People who are concerned they may have COVID-19 should self-isolate and call ahead to their primary care provider to be screened over the phone.
Certain people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, according to the CDC.
People in these higher-risk groups should:
Recent data shows that the virus is also affecting younger people. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said 20% of those hospitalized for COVID-19 in the U.S. were 20-44 years old.
Everyone can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections by:
Here's where to find tools and resources for individuals and families, schools, communities, businesses, healthcare facilities, and first responders on the DHHS website - http://dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus and CDC's website – https://www.cdc.gov/covid19 .
DHHS opened a statewide coronavirus (COVID-19) information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed. The number is (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week.
DHHS will continue to update Nebraskans through the DHHS website and on Facebook and Twitter as we have new information. The CDC's website is also a good resource for COVID-19 information - https://www.cdc.gov/covid19.
*State and local health departments are testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between DHHS cases and cases reported by local public health officials, data reported by the local health department should be considered the most up to date. Also, if a case is reported and it's determined the person isn't a resident of that particular county, it will be moved to the appropriate county. If it's determined a person isn't a resident of Nebraska, the case will be removed from the case count.